Many struggle to make ends meet. However, many of these same people spend money on a variety of unnecessary things that they don’t need. People borrow money to buy the next new thing or the special car they always wanted. This adds a lot of stress to ones life and prevents him or her from eating quality foods.
With this being said, many people have cut back on the unnecessary spending but still need or want to know how to eat healthy on a budget. I am on a tight food budget as well and thus wish to share with you what I call budget friendly foods.
I am only elaborating on 3 foods on this post but will have several posts in the near future that go into detail on other budget friendly foods.
1) Shredded Coconut
This is #1 for good reason. I buy shredded coconut on Amazon for 10 cents per serving. One serving gives me 110 calories which is about 93% saturated fat. It is pure coconut meat without any sweeteners or sulfites. Coconut adds a lot of flavor and healthy fat to all foods. Throw it on eggs, salads, chilis, soup and more!
The price for avocados may vary across the US. But, they seem to only be grown in Florida and California (or outside the US). I live in Michigan so I would guess that the price I pay is the same or more compared to most of you reading this. During the summer months California avocados cost about $1 each or less. Avocados are full of nutrition. I eat about 5 every week. Why not when you can get about 225 dense calories for $1?
I don’t know of a healthier vegetable or fruit… do you?
3) Whole Chickens
Who doesn’t love chicken? You can buy chicken breasts, thighs, legs and wings, but you will pay more. Buy whole chickens to save money. Chickens at Costco are very cheap but why not spend just a little extra and buy a pastured bird from your local farmers market?
Vendors at my local farmers market in Grand Rapids, MI sells whole chickens for $2.99 per lb. Thinking about this makes me want to slap myself silly for not buying more whole chickens. I have recently learned that chicken fat contains a fair amount of omega 6. But, the more pastured raised a chicken is, the lower that number will be. If you are concerned about your omega 6 to omega 3 ratio then buy a whole chicken every other week or however often you feel is necessary.
Even if you only cook for yourself whole chickens are a great deal. Save what’s leftover and add to a salad, omelet or other dishes.
What primal/paleo foods do you eat frequently that are great for budgeters? Do you eat a lot of shredded coconut, avocados and whole chickens?